Way Out Of Here

I’ve loved the studio version of this song, but the amount of passion and energy they bring into the live rendition blows me away.

Steven Wilson’s music has actually been my inspiration for music production. I use Fear Of A Blank Planet as a baseline to measure other albums against.

Speaking of which, Zynaptic Unfilter is really good at removing excess bass midrange noise from modern metal.

Doesn’t seem to do well with older records, though.

SOP for now:
Perfect Declipper -> Zynaptic Unfilter -> Sonible proximity eq+ -> FabFilter L to master, normalize to -0.01dB and dither.

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Symbolic

I don’t mean to dwell
But I can’t help myself
When I feel the vibe
And taste a memory
Of a time in life
When years seemed to stand still

I close my eyes
And sink within myself
Relive the gift of precious memories
In need of a fix called innocence

When did it begin?
The change to come was undetectable
The open wounds expose the importance of
Our innocence
A high that can never be bought or sold

[Chorus:]
Symbolic acts – so vivid
Yet at the same time
Were invisible

[Solo: Schuldiner / Solo: Koelble]

Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

Do you remember when
Things seemed so eternal?
Heroes were so real…
Their magic frozen in time
The only way to learn
Is be aware and hold on tight

I close my eyes
And sink within myself
Relive the gift of precious memories
In need of a fix called innocence

When did it begin?
The change to come was undetectable
The open wounds expose the importance of
Our innocence
A high that can never be bought or sold

I don’t think there is any modern musician as talented as Chuck. The riff-writing, the mind blowing solos, the clear, visceral enunciation in his vocals, the interplay between him and the rest of the band, the artistic direction when everyone else seems to sound the same- and to top it all off, the mature, poetic lyricism.

Ananth once told me Chuck’s penchant for melody, brutality and technicality were unmatched.

I find more truth in that statement everyday. It’s been more than two decades since this album was released. But it can still stand toe to toe with modern death metal, and usually, it towers above them.

RIP Chuck.

Sentient 6

Sentient 6

 

I remember stumbling upon this song some time during my JC years. Jeff Loomis’ name was floating around metal forums, and I came to the song to hear Loomis’ guitar.

 

But Warrel Dane’s vocals and lyrics completely took me off guard.

 

Dane wasn’t your run-of-the-mill screaming tenor, his vocals were mostly low baritone and operatic wailing. I never thought metal could get this heavy and still have clean vocals- no gutturals, no shrieks. Only operatic singing.

 

And the lyrics-

 

The pain is born from memory of pleasures unparalleled and pure
In velvet sleep I live the past again
There is no chance to release me, no answer to bring peace
Some people conjure dreaming, sanctified electric karmic burn through

 

I’ve been hooked on Nevermore ever since.

 

Shortly after, the band broke up.

 

Dane’s passing took me by surprise, in a year already riddled by numerous vocalists’ deaths. He wasn’t very old. And he hadn’t released much material post-Nevermore. I listened to This Godless Endeavor on loop in the office. Felt like opening an old drawer and finding your most comfortable shirts from years ago.

 

Your poetry has always inspired me; and countless others.  It was not your time to leave, it was not your time…

 

You had so much more to say.